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Issue: #75May 14, 2012

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Support Healthy Kids 5/15
Also At Council: Electricity, Campaign $
Campaign Orientation 5/19
Yes on Measure K
Upcoming Events: Reich, Cuba
Richmond Ride of Silence

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Progressive Office
1021 Macdonald, 510-412-2260
Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 pm

Fighting Child Obesity, 

Sugar Drink Tax  Before Council


Fit For LifeDear friends and supporters,


At the next Richmond City Council meeting on Tuesday May 15th, the city council will decide whether or not to propose that a one cent per ounce Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax be submitted to Richmond voters this November.


Help Richmond make history.  If you are able, come to city council and speak in favor on the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax.


We plan to use the tax revenue for after school sports programs, to build and maintain adequate sports fields, to provide more nutritious school food and to teach nutrition and cooking classes in the schools, and to help our uninsured diabetic kids get adequate medical treatment.


In partnership toward a healthier Richmond,

Jeff Ritterman



Please speak to the City Council in favor of placing on the November ballot the measures that will ask the voters if a 1 cent tax-fee should be added to sweetened beverages traded in the city and whether they recommend that the money be used for fighting obesity and diabetes, for creating and maintaining sports fields, for supporting financially Richmond sport clubs, for educating kids about healthy eating and active living.


People should be there at 6:30 and plan to stay until 8 PM.

We will have hand signs for everyone to hold.

Bring some youngsters if possible


> We have a problem with chilhood obesity.

> We have been fighting it for years but we need significantly more help.

> It will give the children of Richmond the resources we need to expand healthy eating and active living.

> Adding a penny to each ounce of sugar water will discourage too much drinking.

> We need a plan that adds at least one more multipurpose sport field per year. We are missing 20 to 30. Thius is a start.

> We also need more education for children on what to eat and drink.

> Help us fight childhood obesity, diabetes and other illnesses.

> Place the measures on the ballot to allow the voters to support these good causes.

See Fit-For-Life website for more information. 

Also at Tuesday City Council Meeting  3/15

Shift Electricity Supply from PG&E 
The city has the opportunity to request membership in the Marin Energy Authority which  would allow Richmond residents to purchase their electricity from "greener" suppliers

City Endorsement of Measure K
See Below 

Stricter Rules on Acceptance and Disclosure of Campaign Contributions
Proposal to adopt restrictions similar to state laws for agency staff and appointees for the city council on contributions over $250. 

Please mark the date on your calendar:
Saturday,  May 19,  10 am - 11:30 am
Campaign Volunteer Orientation

We had a terrific kick-off meeting on Sunday April 22.

RPA Activist LogoWant to fight  politics dominated by money? The only alternative is that we do the work.  

On Saturday, May 19, we are having  campaign volunteer orientation meeting to talk about how we are organizing the campaign.  We need to do:
  • canvassing,
  • phone-banking,
  • data entry work,
  • arranging house meetings, rallies, and events.  
Please be there. 

We will have coffee, snacks, and conversations with our candidates, and electeds at 10 am.  The meeting  itself will be kept short.   If you are willing to do canvassing please plan on going out for a short time after the meeting.

This year we plan to organize so that canvassers will work the same neighborhoods--preferably the one they live in.  We need volunteers to be neighborhood captains.  If are willing to be a neighborhood captain please let us know.  Call the office at 510-412-2260

Canvassing is our not-so-secret weapon. It is the main method where we have the advantage over their money.  But if you can't canvass there are a lot of other important tasks in this campaign and we need your help.

See you Saturday morning  May 19, 10 am at the RPA office  1021 Macdonald.


June  Election

Vote Yes on Measure K


Measure K

The RPA steering committee urges a YES vote on Measure K.  We are working for  better ways to get adequate funds for our schools from the State through closing tax loopholes and taxing those  who are not paying their fair share.  But until then we cannot let our children suffer. 




MEASURE K: "To provide local funding the State cannot take away, preserve quality education including: reading, writing, math, science; maintaining reduced class sizes for the youngest children; retaining quality teachers; supporting libraries, improving campus safety; preparing students for college/workforce; shall West Contra Costa Unified School District renew its existing parcel tax for five years, increasing it by three cents/square foot of building area or three dollars/vacant parcel, with no funds for administrator salaries, exempting seniors and requiring citizen oversight?"

For more information click here  

Upcoming Events


Bicycle Ride of Silence 

Wednesday,  May 16 4:30 pm 

See Flyer Below 



Meet Adam Reich and Bay Area Participants in Recent Hospital Strike    

Saturday, May 19, 4-8 pm 

Meet Adam Reich, author of newly published book, and Bay Area participants in the recently concluded 9-year struggle to unionize Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Sonoma County.


Home of Steve Early and Suzanne Gordon

747 Lobos Avenue,  Pt. Richmond  (See Map

Co-sponsored by:

Fred Ross, Jr., Dave Bacon, Dan Siegel, Randy Shaw, Peter Tappeiner, Vanessa Tait, Claudette Begin, Libby Sayre, Craig Merrilees, Sal Rosselli, Ellen David-Friedman, Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Mike Parker, Margaret Jordan, Celia Cody, Paul Kumar, Carl Finamore, Marty Bennett, Chris Finn, Charlene Harrington, Harry Brill, Glenn Goldstein, Frank Fried, Helena Worthen, Joe Berry, Ramsey Kanan, Sasha Lilley, Cal Winslow, Faith Simon, Barry Eidlin, Charlie Eaton, Bill Balderston, Tom Edminster, John Borsos, Alan Benjamin. (partial list)

Refreshments will be served. If you get lost or need further information, call 617-930-7327.


For more on the book,

With God on Our Side: The Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital

 see Cornel ILR Press Website          



Conversations WithTwo Authors on Contemporary Cuba

Sunday May 20   6 pm Reception /7 pm Program 

--Welcome by Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin    

--Keith Bolender, Author of Voices from the Other Side:

   An Oral History of Terrorism Against Cuba

--Isaac Saney, Author of CUBA: A Revolution in Motion



 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, near Ashby BART


$10.00 - $20.00 Benefits LA PEŅA Cultural Center

(no one turned away for lack of funds


Co-sponsors; Richmond- Regla,Cuba Friendship Committee, Berkeley-Cuba Friendship Association, & International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5


www.lapena.org  www.thecuban5.org www.berkeley-cuba.weebly.com





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RPA Activist Info

is for Richmond community members who want to be active in taking on the problems of the environment, racism, joblessness, housing, and crime to create a healthy Richmond. We believe that community involvement means more than voting every two years. It means regular communication with the candidates we elect, letting them know our issues and positions, supporting them as they try to take our issues forward. It means we attend meetings, use email, phone our neighbors, or go on marches building an organized movement to create real change.

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